March 12, 2024

Should TikTok be banned?

Listening to Breitbart on Sirius XM's Patriot Channel this morning, a lot of conservatives were calling in defending TikTok saying it shouldn't be banned. It was a little disheartening. From a national security perspective, it's collecting vast amounts of data that can (and likely is) being shared with it's communist Chinese overlords.  From a societal perspective it is a contributor to social decay.  It's not alone, Facebook and Instagram and others have the same effect, but TikTok is Facebook  and Instagram on steroids. It encourages groupthink and shortens attention spans in a far worse way than other platforms.

I understand that banning something is counter to the conservative principles of the free market, but the purpose of government is to help set boundaries.  Murder is illegal, heroin is illegal. They are illegal for a reason; the common good. For some TikTok is like heroin. What someone does with their free time is their own business.  I get that, I agree with it.  But when their habits begin to affect society, when their hobbies affect national security, limits are needed.  It's not like there aren't alternatives for TikTok in any case, American alternatives. 

In the case of X (Twitter) there's an owner who is sincerely trying to provide a service, that generates a profit but still is trying to do what's in the best interest of Western society.  Elon Musk doesn't always get it perfectly right, but the intention is there.  This is clearly not the case with TikTok. I believe a ban makes sense.

If you think I'm wrong (or right) please let me know in the comments.  I haven't given much thought to TikTok, since it's not a big thing in my household and I've never used it. I'm open to being proven wrong, or right.

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